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Law students seek reprieve over professional exams

By Faith Karanja | April 27th 2016

Thirty five law students have moved to court seeking temporary orders barring two law agencies from administering professional exams.

They want the Council for Legal Education (CLE) and Kenya School of law (KSL) restrained from registering new students for the exams.

The students claim that they are at risk of not resitting the mandatory Associate Training (ATP) examinations if the registration process continues.

Through lawyer Fred Asiimwe, the students claim that CLE issued a notice on March 29, 2016, notifying them that the applications for resits would run from April 1 to April 29, 2016.

Mr Asiimwe said the the students were worried that it was only a week to the deadline for the applications and yet their results have not yet been released by the CLE, and the court was yet to deliver a judgement on the case they filed on the same.

They want the court to stop the process of receiving and registering more students for resits pending the determination of the case before Justice George Odunga.

The students claim that they will not have an opportunity for resits after the court delivers the judgement.

"My clients cannot qualify to be cleared and admitted as advocates of the High Court of Kenya," said Asiimwe.

Letters issued

The students said the CLE had issued them with letters indicating that they would not be allowed to resit the November ATP examinations without even according them an opportunity to be heard.

They said the letters dated October 22, 2015, left them devastated.

Consequently, they said "we moved to court which granted us the injunction stopping the CLE from denying us to sit for the final ATP written examination."

The students say they sat the examinations together with other students, but later the CLE withheld their results pending a court decision on the matter.

They therefore want a conservatory injunction and stay orders issued pending the determination of their petition.

They also want the council stopped from interfering with their results or harassing them.

The matter will be heard today.

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